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Is AT&T Apple's Achilles Heel?

Ditching the iPhone because the cost of AT&T are too high!

There is no secret that I love my iPhone. I really do - I written several articles about how cool it is. So why am I thinking of getting rid of it. The answer: AT&T.

Bit-O history here. I was one of the first few idiots who purchased iPhone 1.0 the same week it came out. Yes, I shelled out $600. I thought it was a good deal as I was writing about the phone and could (in my head, not so much my wife's) justify the cost. I also had to purchase the $85/mth plan from AT&T. So, now it is over two years later and I still have the same phone and I am still paying $85/mth. And I want to stop paying the man.

There are several reasons why I want to get out of the contract I am with. I live in NE Wisconsin, along with 1.5 million other folks. For some reason, AT&T has decided we are too small to support 3G. Why upgrade my iPhone to a 3GS when the G bit won't work?

Also, if I do upgrade, my bill will go up an extra $10 a month. OK, so I will be paying an extra $10 for a service I do not get? Confused? Yeh, me too.

Finally, the rate of dropped calls and the quality of calls on my phone is terrible. It is to the point where I do not use the iPhone to call clients.

What finally convinced me that enough was enough happened last month. My dad, who lives in England, called me on my iPhone and I missed the call. I got the message and, without thinking, hit the call back button and spent 17 minutes chatting to the old man. I call England all the time using Skype on my iPhone at about 3cents a minute. Too cheap to even think about.

The cell phone connection was not cheap. Actually, even though I am using the same network connections as Skype, the call cost me over $25. One 17 minute call!!

So I am waiting anxiously to see what new features will be in the iPod Touch. If it has video and a compass, I might ditch my iPhone and get the iPod Touch. If I need a phone, I can install Vonage or keep using Skype and buy a MiFi connection from Verizon. Cheaper, and more reliable.

What do you think? Is AT&T too much of a burden to have an iPhone?

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